A switch-hitting third baseman, Cowart’s prospect stock has taken off after he improved across the board last season, batting .276/.358/.452 with 54 extra-base hits (16 home runs), 14 stolen bases and 11/67 K/BB in 135 games between Low-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Inland Empire.
From his natural right side, Cowart has a line-drive oriented swing. Of his 16 home runs last season, 14 came as a left-handed hitter where he showcases a more leveraged and powerful stroke. His vastly improved plate discipline should give him a chance to sustain a better-than-expected batting average at higher levels.
An instinctual defender at the hot corner, Cowart has above-average range and a solid glove. His arm stroke is a bit lengthy, but his plus arm strength essentially negates that concern.
Cowart is one of 11 prospects invited to big-league spring training by the Angels. He obviously won’t break camp with the team, but with a strong showing followed by a solid campaign at Double-A, he could make a case to supplant Alberto Callaspo, who will become a free agent after the 2013 season.